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Table 311.90. Graduate enrollment in programs in engineering, physical and biological sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, social sciences, and research-based health fields in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by discipline: Fall 2007 through fall 2013
Discipline 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Total, all surveyed disciplines 619,499 631,489 631,645 632,652 626,820 627,243 633,010
Engineering 131,676 137,856 144,677 149,241 146,501 148,385 153,049
Aerospace 4,616 4,902 5,266 5,540 5,691 5,069 5,181
Agricultural 1,126 1,233 1,303 1,457 1,656 1,552 1,642
Architecture 4,601 5,905 6,804 6,795 3,111 2,363 2,176
Biomedical 6,904 7,339 7,904 8,497 9,175 9,157 9,198
Chemical 7,584 7,892 8,188 8,668 8,828 9,222 9,698
Civil 16,071 16,931 18,638 19,559 19,596 19,922 20,110
Electrical 40,588 41,164 41,218 41,336 41,580 42,347 45,562
Engineering science 1,806 2,099 2,168 2,071 2,101 2,227 2,142
Industrial/manufacturing 14,474 15,692 15,825 15,205 14,494 14,469 14,363
Mechanical 18,347 19,585 21,243 22,509 21,883 23,088 24,087
Metallurgical/materials 5,314 5,539 5,863 6,274 6,649 6,985 7,144
Mining 222 290 312 419 500 356 357
Nuclear 1,180 1,201 1,243 1,459 1,499 1,513 1,459
Petroleum 1,014 1,009 1,190 1,295 1,301 1,525 1,609
Other engineering 7,829 7,075 7,512 8,157 8,437 8,590 8,321
               
Physical sciences 36,824 37,319 38,149 38,973 39,694 39,928 40,019
Astronomy 1,232 1,275 1,409 1,331 1,345 1,278 1,250
Chemistry 21,298 21,574 22,094 22,436 22,802 23,117 22,949
Physics 13,816 13,862 14,060 14,507 14,829 14,940 15,239
Other physical sciences 478 608 586 699 718 593 581
               
Earth, atmospheric, and ocean
      sciences
14,100 14,389 14,839 15,655 15,820 16,069 15,816
Atmospheric sciences 1,178 1,400 1,355 1,455 1,513 1,546 1,534
Geosciences 7,020 7,089 7,539 8,251 8,361 8,659 8,754
Oceanography 2,615 2,634 2,633 2,556 2,680 2,642 2,682
Other earth, atmospheric, and
      ocean sciences
3,287 3,266 3,312 3,393 3,266 3,222 2,846
               
Family and consumer science/
      human science
2,780 3,549 3,794 4,191 4,509 4,110 4,014
               
Mathematical sciences 20,975 21,400 22,226 23,136 23,801 24,575 24,804
Mathematics and applied              
mathematics 16,528 16,449 17,204 17,589 18,157 18,577 18,323
Statistics 4,447 4,951 5,022 5,547 5,644 5,998 6,481
               
Multidisciplinary/
      interdisciplinary studies
4,484 5,559 6,557 7,944 6,537 6,038 5,892
               
Neuroscience 1,584 2,012 2,356 2,798 4,117 4,547 4,795
               
Communication 7,303 8,444 9,418 9,825 11,029 11,010 11,114
               
Computer sciences 48,246 49,553 51,161 51,546 51,234 51,789 56,339
               
Life sciences 188,760 189,033 174,464 166,704 157,431 158,506 155,788
               
Agricultural sciences 13,528 14,153 15,200 15,656 16,129 16,234 16,429
               
Biological sciences 71,932 72,666 73,304 74,928 75,423 76,447 76,649
Anatomy 867 764 833 849 762 700 527
Biochemistry 5,853 5,473 5,271 5,308 5,183 5245 4,970
Biology 15,898 16,514 16,840 17,210 16,911 16321 16,004
Biometry/epidemiology 5,694 5,971 5,739 6,398 6,786 7800 8,478
Biophysics 1,193 1,084 1,042 1,072 1,016 976 952
Botany 1,821 1,803 1,831 1,863 1,915 1852 1,878
Cell biology 6,839 7,096 7,153 7,047 6,905 6799 6,543
Ecology 2,026 2,026 1,746 1,828 1,713 1667 1,437
Entomology/parasitology 1,078 1,079 1,079 1,116 1,119 1187 1,278
Genetics 2,120 2,120 2,242 2,333 2,403 2342 2,315
Microbiology, immunology,
      and virology
5,212 5,054 4,968 4,896 5,031 4,950 4,961
Nutrition 4,890 5,177 5,330 5,548 5,345 5,336 5,387
Pathology 1,580 1,618 1,450 1,376 1,313 1,196 1,112
Pharmacology 3,013 3,005 3,163 3,101 3,053 3,088 2,979
Physiology 2,738 2,863 2,866 2,879 3,000 3,046 3,224
Zoology 1,108 925 875 896 1,060 1,083 1,188
Other biosciences 10,002 10,094 10,876 11,208 11,908 12,859 13,416
               
Health fields1 103,300 102,214 85,960 76,120 65,879 65,825 62,710
Clinical medicine fields 22,751 23,939 24,125 25,699 26,634 26,798 26,362
Other health fields2 80,549 78,275 61,835 50,421 39,245 39,027 36,348
               
Psychology2 59,617 58,991 56,184 53,419 54,486 54,117 54,102
               
Social sciences 103,150 103,384 107,820 109,220 111,661 108,169 107,278
Agricultural economics 1,989 2,132 2,222 2,180 2,095 2,045 1,916
Economics (except agricultural) 12,597 12,971 13,993 14,317 14,920 14,959 14,819
Geography 4,660 4,745 4,810 5,059 5,188 5,016 4,891
Linguistics 2,879 3,095 3,170 3,132 3,219 3,256 3,509
Political science 41,349 40,871 43,919 45,045 49,660 48,855 48,411
Sociology and anthropology 18,453 18,988 18,666 18,740 18,365 17,404 17,360
Other social sciences 21,223 20,582 21,040 20,747 18,214 16,634 16,372
1 Excludes enrollments in practitioner-oriented programs, which have the primary purpose of providing the knowledge and skills required for credentials or licensure to practice in a medical or other health field.
2 For 2008 and later years, enrollment declines in psychology and in other health fields such as nursing may be due to more rigorous follow-up with institutions to exclude enrollments in practitioner-oriented graduate degree programs. Examples of excluded programs are those leading to DNP, PsyD, and DPT degrees.
NOTE: The survey on which this table is based includes all institutions in the United States and its territories (Guam and Puerto Rico) that grant research-based master's degrees or doctorates in science, engineering, and selected health fields.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2007 through 2013. (This table was prepared April 2015.)

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